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The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

8 September 2020

Pender County, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, it can be difficult to attract health care workers to rural areas, but a few counties have seen signs of success from various efforts. Tactics such as using financial incentives, creating a pipeline...

America First?

Ali-Asghar Abedi

8 September 2020

France

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The average cost of childcare in the U.S. has doubled since 1997, leaving many unable or struggling to access care; but in France, lawmakers have found a way to enact affordable, universal childcare. The childcare fac...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

7 September 2020

Illinois, United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated how seniors are able to come together for companionship, but groups in Illinois are trying to utilize technology to address the problem. While the digital divide is a significant ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

4 September 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Learning from the failures of the 2020 Pennsylvania primary, where a sharp increase in mail-in voting led to a 2-week delay in certifying election results and many ballots being invalidated, officials introduced a bil...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

3 September 2020

Orlando, Florida, United States

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What started as a small group of young adults wanting to help their aging parents navigate telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a multi-state program that provides devices to seniors and low-income peopl...

Southerly

Christine Baniewicz

2 September 2020

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States

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Indigenous communities in Louisiana are working with scientists to restore wetland ecosystems and protect tribal mounds along the Gulf Coast through backfilling projects. Depleted oil wells and canals in the area are ...

Wisconsin Watch

Max Witynski

2 September 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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In the 2020 Wisconsin primary, increased mail-in voting overwhelmed the system and last-minute decisions to vote by mail led to voter confusion. This increased ballot rejections, which can systematically disenfranchis...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

1 September 2020

United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom's single-payer health insurance system, known as the National Health Service, has helped citizens obtain the essential care they need without having to worry about the cost of the care. While the mo...

Governing

Carl Smith

31 August 2020

California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the ridership of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, so the system shifted services to help the mostly rural community it serves. Despite cash-flow problems, unused driv...

Stateline

Lindsey Van Ness

31 August 2020

United States

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A longstanding campaign to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions led nine states since the 2016 presidential election to create or expand such rights, benefiting hundreds of thousands of potential vo...

The New York Times

Julia Hotz

29 August 2020

United States

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Coronavirus-related loneliness increased demand for groups that help people make personal connections and new friends, even if at a distance. A New York MeetUp, “I wanted to do that … just not alone”, has seen attenda...

Governing

Alan Greenblatt

27 August 2020

United States

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The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) protects states from having to fund federal laws. Prior to its passage, Congress passed bills without worrying about how to fund them, leaving states, cities, and counties to pa...

BBC

Craig Langran

27 August 2020

Uganda

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A hospital in Uganda is using a new device created by scientists that produces oxygen without the use of electricity. Since the device has been introduced, 500 children have been treated with it and the mortality for ...

Montana Free Press

Juliana Sukut

27 August 2020

Montana, United States

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AARP is providing the framework, resources and accountability for local governments to make their cities more senior-friendly. From transportation, to health and community services, 450 communities across the country ...

Arab News

Zain Ali

27 August 2020

Karachi, Pakistan

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A transgender community in Karachi, Pakistan, is not usually welcomed in traditional churches but has found a place to worship in Pastor Ghazala Shafiq's home. The Pastor leads services for the excluded population, pr...

The New York Times

David Halbfinger

21 August 2020

Beersheba, Israel

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The Israeli government is preparing to roll out a new form of pooled testing as the count of COVID-19 cases continues to increase. The methodology, which has already shown promise as a successful pilot project, works ...

Associated Press

Linda A. Johnson

20 August 2020

Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States

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Although offering at-home care has been a practice for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has helped prompt more health insurance companies to allow health care workers to implement the practice at a larger scale. Tr...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

20 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Almost half of U.S. states guarantee citizens’ rights to petition for ballot measures, but the coronavirus made gathering signatures in person infeasible. Massachusetts courts allowed electronic signatures, but other ...

Crosscut

Agueda Pacheco Flores

19 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alimentando el Pueblo (Feeding el Pueblo) is a pop-up food bank, started because of Covid-19, that stocks the food staples of Latinx dishes. There is a Mexican, a Central American, and a Caribbean box to choose from a...

Science Magazine

Paul Voosen

18 August 2020

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Scientists have transformed a stream in Pennsylvania into a marshy waterway because of a restoration project that removed 22,000 tons of legacy sediment built up by colonial-era farming and logging. After removing met...

The Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

15 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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In Massachusetts, a local health care institution has teamed up with a handful of community-based organizations to help those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program includes screen...

Kaiser Health News

Martha Bebinger

13 August 2020

Brockton, Massachusetts, United States

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In Massachusettes, contact tracers for COVID-19 are tasked with an additional responsibility that includes acting as a care resource coordinator to better help those they're interacting with make "the best choice for ...

Planet Detroit

Anna Clark

13 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Several environmental groups in the Detroit area are coming to terms with the lack of racial diversity in their organizations. Huron-Clinton Metroparks released a plan to make their parks more welcoming and accessible...

The Economist

The Economist

13 August 2020

United Kingdom

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More women are serving in top positions of the United Kingdom’s diplomatic corps with a female ambassador to the United States for the first time since the position was created in 1791. Women now hold about a third of...

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